Betty Lou Sweeting

Betty Lou Sweeting was born June 14, 1926 in Long Beach, California, to Richard and Edith Cline. She was the first born of three daughters; her sisters are Evelyn (Bill) Rowland and Mary (George) Knightly.

She graduated from high school in Long Beach and started to work on the docks during WWII where she met Robert John Sweeting. They were married Aug. 25, 1945. She moved with Robert to Shelby, Montana for a year, then Oswego where they ran a gas station. They then moved to the original homestead place of Gilbert and Kathryn Sweeting, north of Frazer, where they began to farm and ranch. Betty went from sandy beaches to working cattle, farming, raising chickens, riding horse, gardening, and canning.

Her parents, Richard (Dick) and Edith Cline visited the ranch almost every summer for several years along with her sisters.

Betty Lou and Robert had five children: John Robert (Linda) of Meridian, Idaho, Dennis Richard (Debbie) decreased, Betty Ann Williams (John) Lewistown, Jeanette Welker, (Ken) Cottage Grove, Oregon, and Richard Cline, deceased.

Betty Lou has 12 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Betty was active in her church and the community, being a leader of the local 4-H club, Frazer Futurettes, and was on the fair board for several years before moving from northeast Montana to the ranch southeast of Lewistown in 1976.

While in Lewistown she lost her sons Dennis and Richard, and husband Robert in a four-year span. She was active in church and the Christian Women’s Club in Lewistown for several years. She worked for a time at Ben Franklin’s in Lewistown. She enjoyed a trip as a 4-H leader to Hawaii, National Pork Board Association with Bob, and a trip to Israel visiting biblical sights.

Betty lived a life that was consistent with her faith. She was the first one up and the last one to bed most days, resembling a Proverbs 31 woman. She walked through loss, grief, transitions, not wavering in her faith that He was in control. She prayed faithfully for her family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, while lighting up with visits from her family, but especially the great-grandchildren. She loved decorating her home for the holidays. Crafts, decorations, and sewing filled her home with love and color. She is an example of being faithful, even in the valleys and uncertainties of life. She always had a positive outlook even when things appeared impossible. Rather than judging others, she would uplift them in prayer and non-judgmental support. She was and is a prayer warrior who shed her earthly tent for a permanent home with her Savior, Jesus.

Funeral Services for Betty Lou, 91, will be held at Central Baptist Church on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 11 a.m. Memorial donations can be made in her honor to Central Baptist Church. Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Betty Lou’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com.

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